Team president Bruce Allen released a statement on the negotiations, effectively blaming Cousins for not accepting a contract despite "repeated attempts" at a deal:
In a video on the team's website, Allen repeatedly referred to his quarterback as "Kurt" instead of "Kirk."
Despite the high contract numbers listed by the team, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported only one of the five more years offered to Cousins in an extension would have been guaranteed. Rapoport later expanded on the offer to Cousins:
Will Brinson of CBSSports.com also explained why the offer isn't as good as it seems:
Cousins is willing to renegotiate a new deal after the season, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. He has indicated an openness to staying with the organization that drafted him in 2012.
"Do I want to be a Washington Redskin? Yes. That's an easy answer," the quarterback recently said in an interview with Joe Theismann, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. "Great organization, phenomenal history, passionate fanbase, great city. There's just so many positives to discuss. I love my teammates, I love playing with these guys. So I don't need to look elsewhere."
Grading Jordy Nelson's Deal with the Raiders
Grading the Kirk Cousins Contract
Grading the Allen Robinson Contract
Guice Is the Superstar Prospect to Remember
Simms: Lamar Jackson Is No.1 QB in 2018 Draft
Biggest Winners and Losers from NFL Combine
Where Will Jimmy Graham Land?
Simms: Barkley Is on a Different Planet
Where Would the Dolphins Trade Jarvis Landry?
Where Will Kirk Cousins Land?
Building the Perfect QB Prospect for the Draft
James Washington Is the Top Riser at WR for NFL Draft
Eagles Fans Celebrated Exactly as You Would Expect
Melvin Gordon Keeps It Real About the Pats
Draft Prospects to Target If You Miss Out on Top Guys
Future 1st Rounders in 2018 Recruiting Class
Winners and Losers from Senior Bowl Week
Winners, Losers of Conference Championships
Winners and Losers of Divisional Round
Lefkoe's Locks: Gambling Preview and Prediction for Divisional Sunday
As Jared Dubin of CBSSports.com noted, the Pro Bowler made almost $20 million last season and will make about $24 million in 2017 in his second year playing under the franchise tag.